Sometimes life is overwhelming. There are a thousand things we need and want to do and they’re all clamoring for our attention.

It’s hard to stay focused.

Sometimes our dream just feels like another thing to squeeze into our week, hoping it won’t stress us out like everything else.

This is something I personally struggle with—lots of new things have happened down here in Ohio (including getting hit by a car), and it can get overwhelming.

But there’s two things to remember: who you are and where you are.

Two things to remember

Who am I? I’m a child of God. A writer. A filmmaker. An actor. A boyfriend.

Where am I? I’m at The Company, pursuing my dream.

And even through I have a bunch of other things to do and think about, I need to focus and filter them through that.

Example: my job at a pizza shop. When it wants to jump up and be the most important, or take my focus, I can just remember—it’s here to serve my dream.

With money or time issues, I can remember—“Wait, this needs to be handled to keep me here working on my dream, or to support this identity of mine.”

John Williams, the famous composer for Star Wars, Jaws, E.T. and a host of others, is a great example of a life focused on the dream.

John Williams

His passion for his craft is one of his hallmarks.

At ninety-one years old, he released the soundtrack for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, saying “You can’t ‘retire’ from music. It’s like breathing. It’s your life. It’s my life. A day without music is a mistake.” (Comicbook.com)

Even as a kid, John practiced the piano obsessively: his parents would even find him sleeping near his piano! (Grunge.com)

Now some might call that unhealthy. And for some people it would be. But for John Williams, it seemed to work.

His family moved to Los Angelas when he was 16, and after attending high school, Williams took a traditional path. He attended college and studied music composition privately, eventually joining the U.S. Air Force where he played and arranged music. (Wikipedia.org)

After the Air Force, John attended The Juilliard School, a private performing arts conservatory in New York City. More music.

After that, he moved back to Los Angelas and started orchestrating music with various composers. He even played piano on Robert Wise’s West Side Story (1961).

He just kept pursuing the dream. At the same time as he worked as a session musician, he scored a complete feature film—Daddy-O in 1958. He worked on television projects for a while, even scoring the pilot for Gilligan’s Island.

And eventually, John received an Oscar—for Fiddler on the Roof in 1971.

And that spiraled to Jaws and Star Wars and Schindler’s List and a net worth of $300 million (according to CelebrityNetWorth.com).

And even now in his nineties, John Williams’ passion is undeniable.

John Williams conducting The Imperial March from Star Wars at 90 years old

Staying Focused

John Williams stayed focused. His dream was everything to him. And while there is a danger for us in making our dream all we are, it can be useful to remember: “Yeah, this is me. I’m an artist. I’m making steps toward that dream.”

Because even though it’s hard, if you do the work and push toward your dream, one day you’ll end up there.

Maybe you won’t end up with a $300 million net worth and 54 Oscar nominations, but you can do what you love professionally. It’s hard, but you can do it.

So what’s something in your life that tugs at your dream—tries to pry you away? It might not be a matter of cutting that thing out of your life, but maybe refocusing it so that it supports your dream and vision.


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